Cruising on a river: Basses Gorges du Verdon

The famous Gorges du Verdon are named after the river that created them: the Verdon river.

Le Verdon has it source near the mountain pass of Col d’Allos, at an altitude of 2800m.
The main road D952, which runs from the town of Castellane to Lac Sainte-Croix, offers many vantage points for splendid views of the blue lint of the river winding its way through the gorges.

Around Lac Sainte-Croix are numerous opportunties for camping, hiking, river rafting and swimming.
On its way down from Lac Sainte-Croix, to the lake of Esparron, the river flows through the so-called “Basses Gorges” (or lower gorges).
Recommended to hire a pedal boat (or a motorised one if you prefer) and explore these basses gorges!
We started at a riverside location near the town of Quinson.
The water is of a very comfortable temperature, and a frequent dip into the blue waters of the river, or simply by dangling your feet in the water, you’ll soon forget about the summer heat!

Basses Gorges du Verdon, near Quinson
Basses Gorges du Verdon, near Quinson
Basses Gorges du Verdon, near Quinson

Sunday afternoon at the beach


Summer has started early this year: the entire month May was sunny and warm, even during  the Film Festival and Grand Prix; unusual that we had such little rain during that month. With the arrival of June summer has really started: today we had 32 degrees (89 degrees F) and we decided to spend the afternoon the beach. It’s already getting crowded, but in the Esterel you can always find room.

The Esterel is a very old mountain range, best known for its red coloured rock.  It’s about 10km west of Cannes, following the coastal road that links Cannes with St. Raphael.

My first proper swim of the year, thoroughly enjoyed it! Water temperature: fresh , but not cold (I guest about 20-21 degrees).

A popular spot, near Trayas